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What do low blood platelets mean?

What do low blood platelets mean?

Bleeding risk: Low platelets can mean an increase risk of bleeding. Bleeding can even happen without good cause. The lower the platelet count, the higher the risk for bleeding. The bleeding can be nosebleeds, gum bleeding, heavy periods. The most concerning bleeding would be bleeding inside the skull. This is unusual, but would likely cause a headache and nausea. ...Read more

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Where can I donatel blood platelets?

Where can I donatel blood platelets?

Red Cross!: First, THANK YOU! for donating platelets. You can telephone your local red cross to find out where a donation center with apheresis capability is located. ...Read more

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What would cause low blood platelets?

What would cause low blood platelets?

Thrombocytopenia: Is the fancy term for low platelet count. Like anemia and low WBC count, one must know the reason for the low platelet count to make a treatment plan. Immune destruction, medication, infection, splenic enlargement and many other processes can lead to low platelets. ...Read more

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What can cause smaller blood platelets?

What can cause smaller blood platelets?

May just be you: Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome famously features very low platelet volume. Otherwise a mildly low MPV is probably just you -- reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. If there is an actual health problem it I'll be apparent on other labs. ...Read more

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What are high blood platelets a sign of? Is it serious?

What are high blood platelets a sign of? Is it serious?

It depends: Mild elevations are trivial; reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Iron deficiency raises platelets as high as maybe 600,000; nobody knows why. If higher, it may be essential thrombocythemia (a mild chronic blood disease due to an acquired mutation) or another illness in its family. ...Read more

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What should I do to help my body replace blood platelets?

What should I do to help my body replace blood platelets?

Depends on cause: Platelets can be decreased for many reasons, which are usually grouped into 3 categories: a) underproduction, b) increased destruction or c) sequestration in spleen. Answer to your question will depend on what is causing your platelets to be low. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when your blood platelets get low?

Bleeding risk: Platelet help to stop bleeding if you bleed. So if your platelet level is low- you will be at risk to bleed. The lower your platelet level the higher your bleeding risk. Spontaneous bleeding can happen when your platelet count is below 10 k-and bleeding can happen anywhere. It can manifest as skin bleeding ( bruising, petchiae ( red tiny dos on skin), hematoma; nose bleed, gum bleeding, etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have low blood platelets? How is it treated?

What does it mean to have low blood platelets? How is it treated?

Depends on cause: Platelets help form clots. Low platelets are caused by lack of production or destruction. Immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp), a condition where the body makes auto-antibodies against platelets, can be treated with medicines (ivig, win rho, sometimes steroids). If production is the problem, the cause needs to be found. Can be simply caused by a virus, or be as serious as leukemia. ...Read more